Slapstick 2018 (25-28 Jan)


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25 unique events, 27 special guests and 36 musicians at 4 key venues in Bristol. An extraordinary 4 day celebration of Silent, Visual and Classic Comedy.

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Late Night ScreeningTHE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOWWith special guest JASON DONOVAN


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SAT 27 JAN 2115hrs Colston Hall £10.00-£25.50*
“Don’t Dream it… Be it !” 

Join us for a star studded big screen experience of the classic cult musical comedy: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) with pre-show chat from superstar Jason Donovan.

Along with a complete screening of the film, Jason Donovan* who played the lead role of Frank N Furter in the cult musical’s 25th anniversary tour on stage , will take part in an onstage chat with writer Robert Ross about his passion for all things Rocky Horror before the film commences.

From lace-up corsets and black stockings to leather jackets and shiny gold pants, fans have been giving themselves over to absolute pleasure by dressing up as their favourite “Rocky Horror” characters for over four decades, and this event will not disappoint even the most creative exhibitionists.  So feel free to come dressed as your favourite character (or not, if you’re feeling shy!) as Jason will be judging the winner of the best costume worn by attendees.

With pre-show live entertainment from premiere drag performer in the foyer too… it’s a Rocky Horror night to remember!

*Jason is stepping in to replace Christopher Biggins who has had to withdraw due to an unforeseen last minute clash of commitments

Photos: taken for judging best costume 8pm-9pm
Carmen Monoxide in foyer 8.15pm-9pm
Pre-show chat & intro with Jason Donovan (9.15pm – 9.30pm)
FILM starts 9.30pm – ends 11.10pm

Click here for the Slapstick Festival shows taking place at Colston Hall.

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SILENT COMEDY GALAwith special guest hostTIM VINE


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An evening of classic comedy masterpieces including:
Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR (1924), Charlie Chaplin’s A DOG’S LIFE (1918) and much more!

Friday 26th January 2018,  Colston Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £10.50 – £29.50* with premium packages also available. 
Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

Our host for this year’s gala show is the award-winning punster Tim Vine who introduces an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world-class live music. Tim said: ‘I can’t wait to host the Slapstick Gala. What an absolute treat to see these classic comedy films the way they’re supposed to be seen – on a big screen with live music.’

Buster Keaton’s best-loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

Bristol Post writes The Slapstick Gala is “ a much loved Bristol Institution”. 

Book early to be sure you are a part of it !

Slapstick 2018 – Four days of fun and laughter 25th – 28th January 

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